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MacRumors
May 18, 2006, 03:04 AM
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IFOAppleStore reports (http://ifostore.ord.cachefly.net/fifth_avenue/index.html) on the unveiling of the large Cube marking the new 5th Avenue Apple Store.

The grand opening (http://www.apple.com/retail/fifthavenue/week/20060521.html) of the 5th Avenue Apple Store is scheduled for May 19th at 6pm (countdown (http://www.apple.com/retail/fifthavenue/week/20060521.html)). The 20,000 square feet of underground retail space is marked with a stylish metal and glass cube above ground.

The black plastic wrapping has come off The Cube at the store, and it revealed a surprise--a huge white, floating Apple logo inside. The face of the logo is milky white and about 12-inches thick. It appears to float about half-way back in the 32-foot cube, and about one-third down from the top, suspended from the top of the cube by a substantial stainless steel pole. The sides of the logo are stainless steel.


IFOAppleStore (http://www.ifoapplestore.com) also posted a movie (http://ifostore.ord.cachefly.net/fifth_avenue/cube_unpeeling.mov) and a set of photos (http://ifostore.ord.cachefly.net/fifth_avenue/photo1/index.htm) documenting the unveiling.

Apple will be hosting an event/walkthrough (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2006/05/20060512133552.shtml) on Thursday, May 18th at 10am EST to select members of the press.

The WSJ reports (http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB114783026556754978.html) that Steve Jobs was involved in many of the details of the massive retail store:

Mr. Jobs admitted that at one point he ordered workers to replace the metal bolts holding together the glass panels that make up the cube over the company's Fifth Avenue store. "We spent a lot of time designing the store, and it deserves to be built perfectly," Mr. Jobs said.

gekko513
May 18, 2006, 03:16 AM
The whole peeling process must have taken forever at that pace. It's looking good, though.

pincho
May 18, 2006, 03:21 AM
looks nice, Apple Style :D

SpaceMagic
May 18, 2006, 03:22 AM
It looks fantastic. I cannot wait to visit NYC again now! Just need to find the cash to travel from UK. TeeHee

odedia
May 18, 2006, 03:23 AM
Considering the Cude, it would have been nice if the logo was actually a 3-D rounded Apple :)

But it does look good.

Philberttheduck
May 18, 2006, 03:28 AM
releases the new ipod at the same time! damn how awesome would that be though? what bigger apple than apple's popular ipod in the big apple. :confused:

good to see the NY thing. although "think inside the box" is the stupidest thing ever. "think different" was so badass. now they have to resort to this? "think inside a cube" or something better. "think outside the box but this store'll blow your mind." "who knew thinking in the box was this cool"

i just want a new sloganing scheme to keep align with "think different" and staying different! now it just contradicts itself.

skippy64
May 18, 2006, 03:33 AM
Can those who voted negative please explain their thought process in voting that way please? Its only a news announcement about peeling plastic off some glass for goodness sake!!!!!:confused:

jhomayne
May 18, 2006, 03:37 AM
Where does the shop go?

Kardashian
May 18, 2006, 03:54 AM
Where does the shop go?

Underground. Theres a 20,000 square feet store underneath - that 'cube' is just an enterance.

xUKHCx
May 18, 2006, 03:55 AM
i just want a new sloganing scheme to keep align with "think different" and staying different! now it just contradicts itself.

i just dont know what to say to this, it is a sarcastic play on words, even though it is saying think inside the box it really means "we think outside the box".


It also has the connotations that their products give the freedom to think and create rather than the mind numbing tedium of the windows world.

odedia
May 18, 2006, 04:12 AM
Can those who voted negative please explain their thought process in voting that way please? Its only a news announcement about peeling plastic off some glass for goodness sake!!!!!:confused:

Laughing.

Out.

Loud.

jonharris200
May 18, 2006, 04:19 AM
Comparison with the Louvre pyramid is interesting. Conspiracies about Da Vinci, Opus Dei, the forbidden fruit etc are sure to follow. :D

Shamus
May 18, 2006, 04:22 AM
That is the most wicked design I have ever seen.:D

Comparison with the Louvre pyramid is interesting. Conspiracies about Da Vinci, Opus Dei, the forbidden fruit etc are sure to follow. :D

LOL. The forbidden fruit. I like it! :D

skippy64
May 18, 2006, 04:39 AM
Laughing.

Out.

Loud.

I was only asking for their reasons for voting negative which isn't too much to ask is it?

odedia
May 18, 2006, 05:03 AM
I was only asking for their reasons for voting negative which isn't too much to ask is it?

I didn't mean to laugh at you, i was laughing that people were actually voting negative about some peeling plastic off some glass.

skippy64
May 18, 2006, 05:13 AM
Thats OK, I too was confused over the negative voting

aswitcher
May 18, 2006, 05:21 AM
Nice Apple. :)

rdowns
May 18, 2006, 05:24 AM
Thats OK, I too was confused over the negative voting

The voting should be removed from the site IMO. It serves no purpose other than the occasional, who the hell would vote this as negative posts.

thejadedmonkey
May 18, 2006, 05:27 AM
The voting should be removed from the site IMO. It serves no purpose other than the occasional, who the hell would vote this as negative posts.
Except that it's not occasional as it happens in almost every thread.

sunfast
May 18, 2006, 05:31 AM
It'll be a first stop for me as and when I visit NYC

Malcster
May 18, 2006, 05:47 AM
From AppleInsider..

http://appleinsider.com/article.php?id=1754

Live music performance at 5th Ave store opening?

Will Apple surprise fans who show up for the 5th Ave. flagship retail store opening with a live music performance? The editors of Curbed seem to think so.

The New York City real estate publication has published a "rumor" from an unnamed tipster who claims that Apple has requested a street (presumably 58th or 59th) in Manhattan be closed for the "performance of a major live band" this Friday evening.

can anyone get there to get some pics? :)

miniConvert
May 18, 2006, 05:53 AM
What an absolutely fantastic structure! I'm so impressed, I have to go and see that. Just breathtaking.

*wonders if it has integrated graphics*

Mitch1984
May 18, 2006, 06:04 AM
The voting should be removed from the site IMO. It serves no purpose other than the occasional, who the hell would vote this as negative posts.

Was just about to say the same.

The rating system should be removed as it is clearly being abused.
An opinion is fair enough but it's obvious that people just vote negative to annoy people.

It's like this, "Hey, I'm making more of a difference to the figures if I vote negative"

Just like on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire when you get a couple of people who vote for the obviously wrong answer on "ask the audience" so they 'show up' on TV.

Southerner
May 18, 2006, 06:06 AM
Are there only one or two entrances to the store? I cannot tell with the photos - if there is only one entrance and if the AS is so popular I don't know how they'd deal with the crowds trying to get inside (think of the Paris Louvre there's always a queque lining outside pyramid)?

Though this is supposed to be Apple's flagship NYC store - I'm surprised they didn't install escalators going down which would keep crowd movement flowing like some subway entrances...

sam10685
May 18, 2006, 06:28 AM
they should build one here in portland oregon.

glowingstar
May 18, 2006, 06:32 AM
...already a ton of people lined up outside of it?

it sure is purdy!

tektonnic
May 18, 2006, 06:39 AM
Is the opening being streamed by apple?

If not, please can someone going get a bit recorded and youtube it, cos I live in the UK and dont want to miss out on something cool!

liketom
May 18, 2006, 06:41 AM
Is the opening being streamed by apple?

If not, please can someone going get a bit recorded and youtube it, cos I live in the UK and dont want to miss out on something cool!
that would be cool -

but 6PM New York time is gonna be what 10-11PM UK time ? so prepare for a long wait to see if Jobs has just one more thing after cutting the ribbon

:)

MattyMac
May 18, 2006, 06:49 AM
I'll be there:D ..unfortunately I have to work so Im only going to be getting their about 4 hours early. I hope its worth it.

Platform
May 18, 2006, 07:10 AM
Really nice store, but is there going to be 2 floors....like one floor suspended :confused:

Eagon
May 18, 2006, 07:12 AM
Think of how much damage you could do with a brick on a rope!

JCT
May 18, 2006, 07:22 AM
Hey-- what a beautiful and striking entrance! I'll be heading over there tomorrow evening for the opening, should be fun!

JT

iGary
May 18, 2006, 07:25 AM
I'm guessing the same glass engineering and design firm that does their stairs did this, too.

lord_flash
May 18, 2006, 07:40 AM
The black plastic wrapping has come off The Cube at the store, and it revealed a surprise--a huge white, floating Apple logo inside.

Yes, a true 'surprise', that. That's definitely the word for it. No one would have imagined there would be an Apple logo involved in the project.

HiRez
May 18, 2006, 07:42 AM
Sucks to be the new employee when they tell you "Jeff, before you leave today I just need you to do one more thing: clean the windows."

netdog
May 18, 2006, 07:45 AM
What time is the press confernence today?

Sharewaredemon
May 18, 2006, 07:46 AM
Sucks to be the new employee when they tell you "Jeff, before you leave today I just need you to do one more thing: clean the windows."

lol that would suck.

I assume they will probably hire a company to clean the windows on that though.

50548
May 18, 2006, 07:47 AM
Sucks to be the new employee when they tell you "Jeff, before you leave today I just need you to do one more thing: clean the windows."

Sounds like Steve J's dark side of the "one more thing"... :p

mi5moav
May 18, 2006, 07:50 AM
I think they are going to release this today..


http://www.apple.com/finalcutexpress/

tny
May 18, 2006, 07:51 AM
Really nice store, but is there going to be 2 floors....like one floor suspended :confused:

As already explained: the store itself is underground. What you're seeing in the photos is an above ground entrance.

The "underground store" thing is common in NYC - too many businesses trying to find surface space on a small section of a small island.

iGary
May 18, 2006, 07:52 AM
I think these (http://www.eckersleyocallaghan.com/) people had something to do with the cube. :)

59031
May 18, 2006, 07:52 AM
Considering the Cude, it would have been nice if the logo was actually a 3-D rounded Apple :)



That would have looked tacky and ugly IMO. The Apple logo as it was done is perfect.

iGary
May 18, 2006, 07:56 AM
Think of how much damage you could do with a brick on a rope!

I'm guessing it's tempered auto-type glass, and yeah, they prolly will be replacing a few panels every now and then. :)

Sharewaredemon
May 18, 2006, 08:10 AM
I think these (http://www.eckersleyocallaghan.com/) people had something to do with the cube. :)

I figured that link would go to something more like this (http://home.alphalink.com.au/~sparry/borgcube.jpg)

liketom
May 18, 2006, 08:15 AM
I think they are going to release this today..


http://www.apple.com/finalcutexpress/
that .5 upgrade is just a UB nothing too special


unless they drop the price ;)

fukuhela
May 18, 2006, 08:20 AM
How stores in NY are open 24/7? I'm just wondering who will go to an Apple Store in the middle of the night.

Then again: I would have spent a million dollars on apple products if I could visit a store at 3-5 am on my way home from a night out with the guys...

mi5moav
May 18, 2006, 08:25 AM
With this release of FCE HD 3.5 this bodes very well Apple may unveil a video camera today or tomorrow. It should be in the round but it is in the cube and instead of a 3CCD they have a 5CCD could the 5th element everyone is talking about be the new prosumer HD based video camera to compete with JVC/Sony there is no one in the market unlike the 50 names in the mobile pone market... FIAT just enter crazy, crazy... Apple may not know alot about mobile phones but they sure as hell know a lot about video cameras.

freeny
May 18, 2006, 08:27 AM
Those workers were not wearing safety harnesses!

Thats a pretty hefty fine from OSHA if they ever find out.
http://www.osha.gov/

MacStarPro
May 18, 2006, 08:27 AM
... that they're stocking it with high end accessories (http://spungle.blogspot.com/2006/05/boaxlsystem-verdict-booqtiful.html) for the high end consumer. (http://spungle.blogspot.com/2006/05/pinks-commuter-shirt-verdict-oy.html)

Boggle
May 18, 2006, 08:31 AM
Sucks to be the new employee when they tell you "Jeff, before you leave today I just need you to do one more thing: clean the windows."

LOL! I'm sure that's exactly what the managers are going to say to employees who piss them off.

freeny
May 18, 2006, 08:33 AM
Again, as long as it doesnt get too crazy I will make my way over there after work on Friday to record the events. Its only a 10 minute walk for me and I have my digi-camera at hand. I wont get there till almost exactly 6 so I hope its not too crowded.

uv23
May 18, 2006, 08:41 AM
As another user posted, doesn't seem very conducive to crowd management. Very bizarre concept for a retail outlet, all things considered.

netdog
May 18, 2006, 08:44 AM
Doesn't look like the press conference will be of any interest today other than to get the word out about the store, and to announce any live event coming out tomorrow.

As for the new FinalCutExpress, isn't this the first Universal version? I could certainly be wrong about that.

anonymous161
May 18, 2006, 08:44 AM
I wonder how much snow and ice this cube can support, being that it is open directly to the store below

ickies
May 18, 2006, 08:49 AM
Though this is supposed to be Apple's flagship NYC store - I'm surprised they didn't install escalators going down which would keep crowd movement flowing like some subway entrances...

That's because in NYC people go faster walking on stairs than standing on escalators.

JoshH
May 18, 2006, 08:56 AM
Wow, that's gorgeous. Like a moth to the flame :)

j-a-x
May 18, 2006, 09:00 AM
Ah man this sucks. I'm driving my mom to the airport tomorrow so she can fly to NYC to visit my sister, but I'm not going. :(

p0intblank
May 18, 2006, 09:01 AM
The glass cube looks amazing! I didn't except the Apple logo to be a part of it either. I'll be at the grand opening tomorrow night... I can't wait! :D If anyone wants, I can bring back photos and even post from the store itself.

nms
May 18, 2006, 09:03 AM
so....what about the press briefing *-now-*?

anyone gonna be there?!

any news? ANYTHING?

oh man, i'm getting the shakes....

SkAlex
May 18, 2006, 09:04 AM
I was in the apple store in Roosevelt Field (30 minutes from NYC) on Wednesday and was telling the employees that a friend and I were half-jokingly planning on sleeping outside starting tonight for the opening at 6PM tomorrow. They then pointed to a guy that couldn't have even been 30 and told us that he's the manager of the new store. We tried getting some information out of him, but it didn't get too far. However, he DID tell us that there are already people waiting as of Wednesday morning, some that have flown out from California. This thing's certainly going to be a spectacle... ;)

derajfast
May 18, 2006, 09:10 AM
so the press conference is 10am est? i kind of want to drive in right now, as im only 25min from the city, but i dont want to pay around 50 dollars to park for 3 hours

JCT
May 18, 2006, 09:20 AM
I'll be there--- got roped into taking my teenager and a bunch of her friends tomorrow for the opening and dinner afterwards.

Not like they had to twist my arm or anything ;) . And I am definitely not driving in -- Metro North all the way.

Now if only my husband would let me buy him a new MacBook to replace his aging PB! :(

JT

RogueWarrior65
May 18, 2006, 09:25 AM
I wonder if that storefront design will carry over to the products? A clear MacBook would be neat if not cool. Have to get rid of any wiring cheats though.

devilot
May 18, 2006, 09:29 AM
I think these (http://www.eckersleyocallaghan.com/) people had something to do with the cube. :)See, that's a lovely staircase and all... but what about women wearing skirts/dresses?! :eek:

iseenoevil
May 18, 2006, 09:30 AM
As first in line on the scene with Gary from ifoapplestore, we can report the press conference was of no consequence. -Stormy

MattyMac
May 18, 2006, 09:35 AM
I wonder how much snow and ice this cube can support, being that it is open directly to the store below
All structures are designed for these types of loads...engineers aren't stupid!

MattyMac
May 18, 2006, 09:37 AM
See, that's a lovely staircase and all... but what about women wearing skirts/dresses?! :eek:
How old are we?

EDIT: Nevermind you are a woman...these things are acceptable to say for you.

asencif
May 18, 2006, 09:42 AM
As a New Yorker not much gets us excited and we think we've seen it all, however this is exciting. I will be there tomorrow for the live event and grand opening. Must take camcorder.

nagromme
May 18, 2006, 09:43 AM
I like it. It's subtle, not extravagant like the Taj Mahal.

p0intblank
May 18, 2006, 09:44 AM
We need an update on the press event! Will there be a music event? Was Steve Jobs there?

Okay, I'll try to be a little more patient. :p

dausone
May 18, 2006, 09:46 AM
"24 Hours A Day Seven Days 365 Confirmed! First 24 Hours Giving Away A Macbook On The Hour Every Hour! Starting At 6pm Opening Tomorrow."

®îçhå®?
May 18, 2006, 09:47 AM
Considering the Cude, it would have been nice if the logo was actually a 3-D rounded Apple :)

But it does look good.
It would not have been possible. You cannot make it so that the actual logo can be seen from every single angle. You try it.

devilot
May 18, 2006, 09:47 AM
How old are we?

EDIT: Nevermind you are a woman...these things are acceptable to say for you.Um, why wouldn't that be a qualified issue to consider, regardless of gender? Especially since many women are still not considered professionally or formally dressed unless in a skirt/dress.

For gosh sakes, this was the first Olympics (the ones in Torino, Italy) when a female ice skater was allowed to wear pants in competition. :rolleyes:

And I think I could peel that covering off faster. :p Years of experience in playing w/ stickers.

p0intblank
May 18, 2006, 09:51 AM
"24 Hours A Day Seven Days 365 Confirmed! First 24 Hours Giving Away A Macbook On The Hour Every Hour! Starting At 6pm Opening Tomorrow."

YES!!!!!!!!! :D 24 hours a day... woot!

And a free MacBook every hour? Oh man am I hoping!

mtrctyjoe
May 18, 2006, 09:52 AM
I hate to say this... but I honestly think we are going to see a new product tomorrow. This is obviously more then just a new store opening somewhere.

pmcaleer
May 18, 2006, 09:57 AM
Hi-res TIFFs of the interior and the cube are up on Apple's retail site for download.

http://www.apple.com/pr/products/retail/retail.html

dausone
May 18, 2006, 10:04 AM
"providing free wifi to entire plaza. Next store is in Freehold NJ. Glass elevator is in the enterior of the spiral staircase. 558 sheets of glass in the cube-- from Germany and LIC."

dausone
May 18, 2006, 10:05 AM
Hi-res TIFFs of the interior and the cube are up on Apple's retail site for download.

http://www.apple.com/pr/products/retail/retail.html

...sad to see no black cloths covering the iPod tables :(

Detlev_73
May 18, 2006, 10:16 AM
Hi-res TIFFs of the interior and the cube are up on Apple's retail site for download.

http://www.apple.com/pr/products/retail/retail.html

These photos are amazing; they point to Apple's lead in computer aesthetics. I wonder if the design team studied in Scandinavia, as the concepts of starkness are very evident.

Has no one else thought, "Hmm...I wonder if the cube points to the revision in form factor of the 'Mac Pro'?" With another post somewhere else on this website hinting at a smaller form factor in the next iteration of the Mac Pro, I can't help to wonder if this store hints at that?

Intriguing.

And to the fellow MacRumors-er who posted a link to the Borg cube...brilliant! :-)

We concur.

lsyx
May 18, 2006, 10:26 AM
Now if only my husband would let me buy him a new MacBook to replace his aging PB! :(


:eek: Ditch him and run away with me! I'll let you buy me a MacBook anytime. :p

FoxyKaye
May 18, 2006, 10:32 AM
Resisting all comments about people who live in glass houses and stones, they're going to have to spend a lot of time cleaning that thing. This is New York - a walk outside is enough to cover your face in grime. I'd expect that within 6 months to a year that cube and glass staircase won't be nearly as pretty. And that's not even considering the city's prolific avian population, snow, ice (which, because of global warming, maybe won't be big factors), and the filthy rain that falls over the city.

Yeah, OK it looks nice, but how much did it cost to build? How much is its maintenence (sp?) budget? Apple can spend its money however it wants, but what a monument to conspicuous consumption. :rolleyes:

nagromme
May 18, 2006, 10:34 AM
AppleInsider has Apple's PR photos at smaller more easily-viewed sizes:
http://www.appleinsider.com/article.php?id=1757


"providing free wifi to entire plaza.
Imagine all the laptop users that will congregate around it if it has benches. Some sheepishly sporting non-Apple machines :D

EDIT: Is it true they will also have a Cafe?

Sharewaredemon
May 18, 2006, 10:39 AM
And to the fellow MacRumors-er who posted a link to the Borg cube...brilliant! :-)

We concur.

Thanks,

I thought that my post had for sure flown under the radar.

Those PR pictures are gorgeous.

I want to just be there.

**sighs**

webcookie
May 18, 2006, 10:44 AM
Hmm, I'll have to see if I can catch the train down. I've never been to an Apple Store's proper grand opening. I was to the one in Danbury about a week or so after it opened, though.

gotohamish
May 18, 2006, 10:47 AM
Seeing all those MacBook screens lined up is like a hall of mirrors. It's horrendous. I cannot stand that they added that reflective screen.

iKwick7
May 18, 2006, 10:48 AM
"providing free wifi to entire plaza. Next store is in Freehold NJ. Glass elevator is in the enterior of the spiral staircase. 558 sheets of glass in the cube-- from Germany and LIC."

Freehold? Nice! That is right next to my parent's house. That should be a relatively big store and will do extremely well in that area.

Bakafish
May 18, 2006, 10:49 AM
Are all from the thousands of birds that will surely break their beaks on this giant glass cube of death. Seriously, are they going to hire people to pick up all the carcasses throughout the day?

p0intblank
May 18, 2006, 11:09 AM
I refuse to look at those photos. I want to be surprised for tomorrow. :D

Thataboy
May 18, 2006, 11:17 AM
:-p

p0intblank
May 18, 2006, 11:33 AM
How does one actually WIN one of those free MacBook-per-hour's?

Is it just whoever in line enters the store on the hour? Or is there a random drawing every hour? Or something else?

I'm guessing it is as you walk in.

Anyway, I have to know... how on Earth are people voting this Negative?

Chundles
May 18, 2006, 11:40 AM
So the Great Glass Elevator actually looks like a giant syringe eh?

Fill the void with the Kool Aid and pump it right into my veins....!!!!!

JCT
May 18, 2006, 11:43 AM
Are all from the thousands of birds that will surely break their beaks on this giant glass cube of death. Seriously, are they going to hire people to pick up all the carcasses throughout the day?

Hey, anything to decrease the pigeon population (aka "rats with wings").

JT

mi5moav
May 18, 2006, 11:47 AM
Oh, the eleveator is so cool in the new apple glass cube on 5th. It's a tube!! Very Cool, you feel like you are on the bridge of the star trek enterprise. Love it.

p0intblank
May 18, 2006, 12:01 PM
Oh, the eleveator is so cool in the new apple glass cube on 5th. It's a tube!! Very Cool, you feel like you are on the bridge of the star trek enterprise. Love it.

You were there?! :eek:

Edit: Anyone check out this article (http://www.macworld.com/news/2006/05/18/store/index.php)? The elevator in the middle of the spiral staircase looks so awesome. :D That's the only photo I am looking at, though... I'm not spoiling it for myself!

Also, I'm kind of disappointed to see it's only on one floor, as opposed to being multi-story. However, the article states it is the same size as SoHo. I absolutely love the SoHo Apple Store for its size, so that reassures it for me.

Okay, just to get a number... who is officially going to the grand opening? And what time? I plan to get in line at 4:00 PM; that way I'm almost guaranteed a free t-shirt.

Whistleway
May 18, 2006, 12:29 PM
Hi-res TIFFs of the interior and the cube are up on Apple's retail site for download.

http://www.apple.com/pr/products/retail/retail.html

Wow. They just removed it.

anonymous161
May 18, 2006, 12:40 PM
All structures are designed for these types of loads...engineers aren't stupid!

No, they aren't. But everyone makes mistakes and miscalculations.

I am reminded of the Hancock building (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hancock_Tower#Falling_glass_panes) by the great I.M. Pei, who also designed the Louvre Pyramid (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louvre_Pyramid) to which this Apple cube has been compared.

Everything has a structural limit, I am just curious as to what the limit is here.

quigleybc
May 18, 2006, 12:45 PM
I'd give anything for an Apple store in Vancouver.....arrgh...

I'm jealous.

:o

janstett
May 18, 2006, 12:46 PM
Looks impressive, but I'm worried that the transparent Borg cube is going to cause the deaths of many fine feathered friends. Birds don't understand glass. In major cities the Audobon society gets skyscraper owners to put up nets to stop migrating birds from slamming into the glass (breaking their necks) and they collect dead birds and rehabilitate the injured all over the streets.

Boo to Steve for not thinking of this. Tinting the glass would be a start.

arn
May 18, 2006, 12:48 PM
Story updated with links to more info and images. Anyone have the hi-res tiff's? If so, can you send hi-rez JPG's to me? (webmaster@macrumors.com). (Don't need the 10MB TIFF, just a few hundred k JPGs fine.) Or upload them to guides.macrumors.com

arn

freeny
May 18, 2006, 12:52 PM
wheres the other 16,000 square feet?

It says this store is only 10,000 sq ft.

Antares
May 18, 2006, 01:00 PM
Wonderful design! Wish I could visit that store. But I will not be in NY anytime soon.

About people voting negative on this...well, I could think of a great reason to vote negative....they're opening this flagship store in New York and not in my hometown of Chicago.

freeny
May 18, 2006, 01:02 PM
As far as the "Live Performance" I will take a stab at the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

dguisinger
May 18, 2006, 01:02 PM
Was just about to say the same.

The rating system should be removed as it is clearly being abused.
An opinion is fair enough but it's obvious that people just vote negative to annoy people.

It's like this, "Hey, I'm making more of a difference to the figures if I vote negative"

Just like on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire when you get a couple of people who vote for the obviously wrong answer on "ask the audience" so they 'show up' on TV.


There are many times I've forgotten that its a rating system and I click to see positive or negative viewpoints, assuming its sort of a moderation system like slashdot has. So I've rated some things negative that I thought were actually positive.

gotohamish
May 18, 2006, 01:02 PM
It's... so... pretty...

gotohamish
May 18, 2006, 01:04 PM
As far as the "Live Performance" I will take a stab at the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Um... U2.

morespce54
May 18, 2006, 01:11 PM
That's because in NYC people go faster walking on stairs than standing on escalators.

And waht about "walking on escalators" ? :D

sw1tcher
May 18, 2006, 01:11 PM
See, that's a lovely staircase and all... but what about women wearing skirts/dresses?! :eek:

Yay for women wearing skirts/dress.... :D Kidding.

gotohamish
May 18, 2006, 01:16 PM
Yay for women wearing skirts/dress.... :D Kidding.

Dude, we're talking about the Apple Store... the guys are looking at the Macs, not the girls.

No, I lie actually. But all those thinking about hooking up in an Apple Store might want to read an article we produced...

http://www.city-magazine.com/tech_04_ND.html

sw1tcher
May 18, 2006, 01:20 PM
Reminds me of the Mac Cube.

jrv3034
May 18, 2006, 01:22 PM
All structures are designed for these types of loads...engineers aren't stupid!
Yeah, but did they take into account all the pigeon poop they'll have to clean off the top every day? :eek:

50548
May 18, 2006, 01:46 PM
Yes...Me too.

Freeny, you still don't tell me who that girl in your avatar is...she is cute..! ;)

gotohamish
May 18, 2006, 01:46 PM
Yeah, but did they take into account all the pigeon poop they'll have to clean off the top every day? :eek:

I asked them about this and they have a forcefield around it that repels such non-Apple "juice."

It's really very clever. :)

p0intblank
May 18, 2006, 01:49 PM
That above photo of the Cube is breathtaking... I hope to get some like that tomorrow! :D

gotohamish
May 18, 2006, 01:58 PM
That above photo of the Cube is breathtaking... I hope to get some like that tomorrow! :D

Thanks—I was blessed with a beautiful morning in NYC.

dpaanlka
May 18, 2006, 02:00 PM
Can those who voted negative please explain their thought process in voting that way please? Its only a news announcement about peeling plastic off some glass for goodness sake!!!!!:confused:

It seems like the most random news stories, even if they're wonderful all-around news stories, get negative votes.

A headline of "Apple Computers responsible for ending all wars, hunger, and poverty" would probably manage to get some negative votes here at MacRumors.

Doctor Q
May 18, 2006, 02:01 PM
That does it! I officially give up my plan to visit every single Apple Store in the world. They'll have 200 before we know it, and the price of gas and jet fuel keeps going up. So never mind that idea.

But you can bet I'll visit this one the next time I'm in New York!

aswitcher
May 18, 2006, 02:05 PM
It's... so... pretty...


Seems like lots of money spent on something that does very little. Sure I like it but I would have liked to see more creative use of the space. Coulen't they thing of something else it could do besides be pretty...

gotohamish
May 18, 2006, 02:09 PM
Seems like lots of money spent on something that does very little. Sure I like it but I would have liked to see more creative use of the space. Coulen't they thing of something else it could do besides be pretty...

Actually, it does a LOT. This was an open plaza previously, with unsuccessful businesses operating below. Why were they unsuccessful? Probably because no one knew they were there. I'd say a frickin huge glowing glass cube will let a couple of people know you're there, and you mean business.

The store will be a HUGE success. I gave my congratulations to The Schiller himself this morning, but he wasn't so chatty!

dongmin
May 18, 2006, 02:12 PM
I think these (http://www.eckersleyocallaghan.com/) people had something to do with the cube. :)

They did the engineering. The architects in charge of all the Apple Stores are Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (http://www.bcj.com/).

As another user posted, doesn't seem very conducive to crowd management. Very bizarre concept for a retail outlet, all things considered.

BTW, the steps themselves are actually some sort of green, translucent glass. So you're not gonna be able see much through them.

gauriemma
May 18, 2006, 02:20 PM
As already explained: the store itself is underground. What you're seeing in the photos is an above ground entrance.

The "underground store" thing is common in NYC - too many businesses trying to find surface space on a small section of a small island.


It's common in Chicago, too. Rents are cheaper if you're not at street level. You'll have a small street level entrance, with a stairwell either leading down into a much larger 'underground' space or up into a larger second floor space.

MacsRgr8
May 18, 2006, 02:24 PM
Really... absolutely... gorgeous.

Worth another trip to NY (did that with the opening of the SoHo store :) )

shadowmoses
May 18, 2006, 02:27 PM
Here's a full run down of pics check it out LINK (http://www.gothamist.com/archives/2006/05/18/hark_the_apple.php)
I think its absolutly stunning Apple really went all out with this one,

ShadoW

mulletman13
May 18, 2006, 02:30 PM
We need some people to post some high quality pics for wallpapers! :-D

Gasu E.
May 18, 2006, 02:33 PM
Seems like lots of money spent on something that does very little. Sure I like it but I would have liked to see more creative use of the space. Coulen't they thing of something else it could do besides be pretty...

Yah, they should have made it, like, BEIGE.

gotohamish
May 18, 2006, 02:56 PM
We need some people to post some high quality pics for wallpapers! :-D

I didn't take many in the store (without people was impossible), but here's my favorite of the workman who was setting things up. He looks little like someone at Apple...:p

p0intblank
May 18, 2006, 03:02 PM
Phil Schiller was there?! :eek: Any word if he's going to be there for the grand opening tomorrow evening? Steve Jobs? Please say he'll be there.

nagromme
May 18, 2006, 03:09 PM
Seems like lots of money spent on something that does very little. Sure I like it but I would have liked to see more creative use of the space. Coulen't they thing of something else it could do besides be pretty...
It's advertising. A pretty noticeable billboard! And unlike some, this one can let you try stuff hands-on.

As far as the "Live Performance" I will take a stab at the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Or U2 with a Red charity iPod?

gotohamish
May 18, 2006, 03:15 PM
Phil Schiller was there?! :eek: Any word if he's going to be there for the grand opening tomorrow evening? Steve Jobs? Please say he'll be there.

He was—I just talked to him briefly. He was cornered by a dude FOREVER. But that guy also left with a black macbook in tow! ;-)

p0intblank
May 18, 2006, 03:30 PM
He was—I just talked to him briefly. He was cornered by a dude FOREVER. But that guy also left with a black macbook in tow! ;-)

Do you know if anyone from Apple will be there tomorrow? Anyone worth looking for... like Steve or Phil? You're my insider now. ;)

HiRez
May 18, 2006, 03:41 PM
Hi-res TIFFs of the interior and the cube are up on Apple's retail site for download.

http://www.apple.com/pr/products/retail/retail.htmlI don't see any pics of the NY store on that link, only a (text) press release. What am I missing?

p0intblank
May 18, 2006, 03:45 PM
I don't see any pics of the NY store on that link, only a (text) press release. What am I missing?

Apparently they were removed. You can find pictures on other sites though, such as AppleInsider.

janstett
May 18, 2006, 04:16 PM
If anybody is going to the store, please mention concerns over birds breaking their necks slamming into the glass to a store manager or Apple official. I'm sure Apple is more eco-friendly than this and it's just an oversight. I'd hate to see the little critters losing their lives.

MattyMac
May 18, 2006, 04:16 PM
I hate to say this... but I honestly think we are going to see a new product tomorrow. This is obviously more then just a new store opening somewhere.
That would be nice...but I highly doubt it...do you see any emplty spaces awaiting the position of a new product in the in store pics?

081440
May 18, 2006, 04:24 PM
Are all from the thousands of birds that will surely break their beaks on this giant glass cube of death. Seriously, are they going to hire people to pick up all the carcasses throughout the day?

Come on let's be serious, the building is only 32 feet tall. Hardly tall enough for a bird to even consider landing on in NYC. And have you ever been to NYC? Ever noticed that almost all the buildings are covered in glass and/or reflective materials. No bird is going to die from flying into a 32 foot cube down on street level.

081440
May 18, 2006, 04:25 PM
If anybody is going to the store, please mention concerns over birds breaking their necks slamming into the glass to a store manager or Apple official. I'm sure Apple is more eco-friendly than this and it's just an oversight. I'd hate to see the little critters losing their lives.

see my post above

freeny
May 18, 2006, 04:29 PM
Freeny, you still don't tell me who that girl in your avatar is...she is cute..! ;)
I would tell you but the mods would just delete my post. Just like they deleted the post you quoted me on.

If they had only been that vigalant on that pathetic "Roger is hot" thread:rolleyes:

Perhaps if I actually say somtething about the store it will stick?

The store is neat

;) Masuimi Max;)

MattyMac
May 18, 2006, 04:30 PM
No, they aren't. But everyone makes mistakes and miscalculations.

I am reminded of the Hancock building (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hancock_Tower#Falling_glass_panes) by the great I.M. Pei, who also designed the Louvre Pyramid (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louvre_Pyramid) to which this Apple cube has been compared.

Everything has a structural limit, I am just curious as to what the limit is here.
YES..they are. All structures are designed for these loads...however the factor of safety applied to the design may not be high enough and the amount of money the owner is willing to pay for this added safety may be another story. But all structures are designed for loads such as these.

gotohamish
May 18, 2006, 04:31 PM
Do you know if anyone from Apple will be there tomorrow? Anyone worth looking for... like Steve or Phil? You're my insider now. ;)

Probably just Phil. All the PR peeps are in town for next week's demos. Ron Johnson was there today—he did the presentation to us this morning.

iMacZealot
May 18, 2006, 04:38 PM
Geez, that building's gonna need a ton of windex.

_Matt
May 18, 2006, 04:42 PM
People in glass houses... :D

Sorry if I missed this in the thread somewhere, but is this store even handicapped accessible? I'm not handicapped, but I didn't see an elevator in the entrance. Unless there's some other entrance that is handicap accessible.

runninmac
May 18, 2006, 04:42 PM
Wow honestly that could quite possibly be the sexiest building I have ever seen. if buildings could be sexy

neps
May 18, 2006, 04:45 PM
Gothamist also has an article on the press preview with lots of photos:

http://www.gothamist.com/archives/2006/05/18/hark_the_apple.php

And yes, there is an elevatior. It is the core of the spiral staircase

HiRez
May 18, 2006, 05:16 PM
Sorry if I missed this in the thread somewhere, but is this store even handicapped accessible? I'm not handicapped, but I didn't see an elevator in the entrance. Unless there's some other entrance that is handicap accessible.Yep, there's a custom-designed cylindrical glass elevator right in the center (goes down through the center of the spiral staircase). Hard to see, but it's there.

EDIT: Sorry, neps, your post didn't show up when I had the page loaded before and I can't delete this one, oh well.

HiRez
May 18, 2006, 05:31 PM
Great pics, neps, best I have seen anywhere so far on the web. Beautiful building, although it seems to be almost invisible from across the street (clear and gets dwarfed by the buildings around it). I can see walking through there and not even noticing it unless you know it's there.

Things like this really make me feel like Apple is transcending just being a successful computer company, when you start building iconic buildings you know you've arrived into the international zeitgeist. Apple is near the tipping point where momentum could carry them far away from being just another computer company, or even just another consumer electronics company. As Apple fans, we already know they're different (and usually "better"), but it seems the rest of the world is starting to take notice as well.

yac_moda
May 18, 2006, 05:58 PM
Has anyone tried to claim SQUATTERS RIGHTS within the store yet.

Anyone tried to move in PERMANENTLY :eek: :eek: :eek:

swingerofbirch
May 18, 2006, 06:19 PM
they should build one here in portland oregon.
There's one in Portland and two right outside of it in Tigard. Sorrry if someone else already replied, I'm only on page one of the forum so far.-

swingerofbirch
May 18, 2006, 06:55 PM
As far as the "Live Performance" I will take a stab at the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Doubtful. The Peppers one member likes to perform shirtless or just in his underoos. This sets a bad precedent on the grand opening for a store that surely has some sort of dress policy.

My guess is for Sarah McLachlan, Madonna, John Mayer, or Alicia Keyes, because I think all of them have been on stage with Steve.

Out of that list, Madonna is least likely, because she probably requires 10,000 square feet just for her production whatever. Sarah McLachlan isn't too materialistic and I'd have a hard time seeing her celebrate a store. John Mayer would do it a heartbeat because God knows he could use the publicity. Alicia Keyes might fit the sweet spot of not being desperate to appear and not being to difficult to host.

MattyMac
May 18, 2006, 06:57 PM
Great pics, neps, best I have seen anywhere so far on the web. Beautiful building, although it seems to be almost invisible from across the street (clear and gets dwarfed by the buildings around it). I can see walking through there and not even noticing it unless you know it's there.

Things like this really make me feel like Apple is transcending just being a successful computer company, when you start building iconic buildings you know you've arrived into the international zeitgeist. Apple is near the tipping point where momentum could carry them far away from being just another computer company, or even just another consumer electronics company. As Apple fans, we already know they're different (and usually "better"), but it seems the rest of the world is starting to take notice as well.
Couldn't agree more!

p0intblank
May 18, 2006, 07:15 PM
I found this on MSNBC:

"The stores have been super successful and a real contributor to Apple's success," Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said in a phone interview a day before heading to the New York opening. "It's bringing a whole new generation of customers to Apple and the Mac, and that's really important to us."

If this article is as accurate as I am hoping, Steve Jobs may just make an appearance. :D

One picture is all I am asking!

Full article (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12859225/)

iGary
May 18, 2006, 07:31 PM
If anybody is going to the store, please mention concerns over birds breaking their necks slamming into the glass to a store manager or Apple official. I'm sure Apple is more eco-friendly than this and it's just an oversight. I'd hate to see the little critters losing their lives.

Yeah, it's not like NYC has no glass structures besides this one. :rolleyes:

MattyMac
May 18, 2006, 07:38 PM
I found this on MSNBC:

"The stores have been super successful and a real contributor to Apple's success," Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said in a phone interview a day before heading to the New York opening. "It's bringing a whole new generation of customers to Apple and the Mac, and that's really important to us."

If this article is as accurate as I am hoping, Steve Jobs may just make an appearance. :D

One picture is all I am asking!

Full article (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12859225/)
WHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTTTT!

SWEET!

runninmac
May 18, 2006, 07:38 PM
Here's a full run down of pics check it out LINK (http://www.gothamist.com/archives/2006/05/18/hark_the_apple.php)
I think its absolutly stunning Apple really went all out with this one,

ShadoW

Wow honestly!Are those bottles of smart water sport? My favorite water, in my favorite companies best, newest, sexiest store. Wow I wish I was there.

Mike Teezie
May 18, 2006, 08:08 PM
Beautiful store!

I want to buy my Macbook there when I head to NY this summer.

ssj300
May 18, 2006, 08:11 PM
How old are we?

EDIT: Nevermind you are a woman...these things are acceptable to say for you.


so ur sexist now huh??

yac_moda
May 18, 2006, 08:13 PM
http://www.apple.com/retail/fifthavenue/

Doors open in 00 day 20 hours 50 minutes and 02 seconds :eek:


Here is something to keep YOU guys entertained while YOU sit in-front of your Macs WAITING :p

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/neo/index.html

TIP: After you open the main flash window, with that window in front, open another window. If your Safari is set to open new windows with the previous URL then the windows will be larger and the contents ZOOMs !!!


I wonder if I should put on my black Apple turtle neck and take a tip to NEW YORK :confused:

I look an awful LOT like SJ with that shirt on :confused:

I could make a ridiculous speech about ALL the WILD features that will be in the next Apple LSD :eek: :eek: ;)

Clix Pix
May 18, 2006, 08:19 PM
With a store opening as big an event as this one, it would be surprising if Steve Jobs DIDN'T show up....

Man, so tempting to jump on the Amtrak for a quick ride up to NYC....

MattyMac
May 18, 2006, 08:19 PM
Beautiful store!

I want to buy my Macbook there when I head to NY this summer.
That may not be too good of an idea since there is about 9.0% tax in ny

MattyMac
May 18, 2006, 09:04 PM
so ur sexist now huh??
nope...i thought a guy was being immature and said these things

BWhaler
May 18, 2006, 11:41 PM
I saw the glass cube first hand today.

It is absolutely beautiful. So clean. So simple. Yet the engineering to make it happen is amazing.

I've seen the pictures of it online before, but until you stand in front of it, and see the 3 stories of glass, you don't really appreciate it.

I was early to a meeting a block away and just took a walk and stumbled into it. I am glad I did. (And the big crowd around it made it hard to miss.)

After my meeting, we drove by it again, and it was now dark. The lighted Apple that floats in the cube with the reflective light is breath taking.

It is a must see.

p0intblank
May 19, 2006, 04:54 AM
I felt like a little kid trying to sleep on Christmas Eve night last night... it was so hard to sleep. :p Anyway, we're leaving for the Big Apple (no pun intended) soon! :D

rdowns
May 19, 2006, 05:29 AM
Wow, 24/7/365. 24 free MacBooks.

p0intblank
May 19, 2006, 05:33 AM
I would die if I won one of those MacBooks...

freeny
May 19, 2006, 07:03 AM
Well there was a huge downpour here yesterday afternoon and all through the night. Whoever was camping out is very very wet now:p

Boggle
May 19, 2006, 07:16 AM
Now, that's a beautiful building!

gotohamish
May 19, 2006, 08:22 AM
I would die if I won one of those MacBooks...

That won't be a very productive ownership then...

MattyMac
May 19, 2006, 08:52 AM
This rain needs to STOP!:mad:

Multimedia
May 19, 2006, 09:46 AM
Amazing in depth coverage VIDEOS by ifoAppleStore's Gary Allen (http://ifostore.cachefly.net/fifth_avenue/index.html)! Wow what a great guy to do all that work for us. Thank you Gary.

Plus he's so modest I can't even find his name in print anywhere on the site. He says it once in his Wednesday Morning Report Video. His videos are outstanding. If this post is redundant it's because I just got here and had to tell everyone in case they haven't checked out his videos yet. :)

The Cube Unpeeling Is The Most Amazing One in my book. Wow that was seriously hard work.

Corporate Monument Tourist Destination or Terrorist Target? Looks very fragile and inviting from an iconic point of view.

freeny
May 19, 2006, 09:54 AM
Here are the official rules for the Macbook give away.
http://www.apple.com/retail/fifthavenue/sweepstakes.html

You are only eligable for the hour you register.
You can re-register the next hour and every hour after that.

You should have the best odds by registering around 3 or 4 in the am seeing there wont be as many people around.

I will bet some freaks will hang around all day registering every hour:rolleyes:

beatzfreak
May 19, 2006, 10:03 AM
This rain needs to STOP!:mad:

Actually, there is a severe weather warning for Manhattan until 11:15AM.
Possible nickel-sized hail.

You should get a free Macbook just for braving the weather.

technicolor
May 19, 2006, 10:39 AM
Was just about to say the same.

The rating system should be removed as it is clearly being abused.
An opinion is fair enough but it's obvious that people just vote negative to annoy people.

It's like this, "Hey, I'm making more of a difference to the figures if I vote negative"

Just like on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire when you get a couple of people who vote for the obviously wrong answer on "ask the audience" so they 'show up' on TV. If people would just mind their business it wouldnt be a big issue. If someone wants to vote negative, how does that hurt you? Mind your business, read the article, and move on. Making a big deal of it and asking why people voted negative is asinine, to say the least.

MattyMac
May 19, 2006, 10:44 AM
Actually, there is a severe weather warning for Manhattan until 11:15AM.
Possible nickel-sized hail.

You should get a free Macbook just for braving the weather.
Yes it stopped!:D

Yeah I shoudl get a free macbook....I wish:D

freeny
May 19, 2006, 10:48 AM
Yes it stopped!:D

Yeah I shoudl get a free macbook....I wish:D
Nope, still pouring rain. Im just a few block away.

technicolor
May 19, 2006, 10:56 AM
Yeah, it's not like NYC has no glass structures besides this one. :rolleyes:
Exactly. Do these people think they are so smart that they have some how magically thought of a concern that the engineers who are experts in creating structures didnt think of? :confused:

Hello people, that is why you are posting on macrumors all day and not building structures. Enjoy the aesthetics of the store for heavens sake.



What a lovely store this is. I cannot wait to visit it!

yac_moda
May 19, 2006, 12:35 PM
Doors open in 00 days 04 hours 30 minutes and 25 seconds :eek:


YOU GUYS better get start traffic is bound to hold you up AT LEAST 4 HOURS :rolleyes:

Put on your GIRDLES, BLACK TURTLE NECKS, light blue 501s, and SKULL CAPS !!!

Remember when addressing an Apple employee, INSIST that they give a vow of loyalty to YOU :eek:

yac_moda
May 19, 2006, 12:40 PM
Exactly. Do these people think they are so smart that they have some how magically thought of a concern that the engineers who are experts in creating structures didnt think of? :confused:

Hello people, that is why you are posting on macrumors all day and not building structures. Enjoy the aesthetics of the store for heavens sake.



What a lovely store this is. I cannot wait to visit it!

They had better have LOTs of high frequency SCREECHERS around that thing otherwise the Birds are going to be SLAMMING into it just to try and figure out JUST WHAT IT IS :eek:

ARE THERE ANY BIRDS IN NEW YORK :confused: :eek:

DTphonehome
May 19, 2006, 12:44 PM
Put on your GIRDLES, BLACK TURTLE NECKS, light blue 501s, and SKULL CAPS !!!


He's an Orthodox Jew? Maybe he should wear This one. (http://www.lidsforyids.com/apple_kippah.htm)

Mitch1984
May 19, 2006, 12:48 PM
If people would just mind their business it wouldnt be a big issue. If someone wants to vote negative, how does that hurt you? Mind your business, read the article, and move on. Making a big deal of it and asking why people voted negative is asinine, to say the least.

What does it bother you that I'm bothered, why don't you practice what you preach, read my comment and then move on. :)

dejo
May 19, 2006, 12:51 PM
Any personal Steve sightings? Apparently he IS there:

http://blog.wired.com/cultofmac/main.jpg

Cult of Mac Blog (http://blog.wired.com/cultofmac/)

bluebomberman
May 19, 2006, 12:52 PM
Doors open in 00 days 04 hours 30 minutes and 25 seconds :eek:


YOU GUYS better get start traffic is bound to hold you up AT LEAST 4 HOURS :rolleyes:

Put on your GIRDLES, BLACK TURTLE NECKS, light blue 501s, and SKULL CAPS !!!

Remember when addressing an Apple employee, INSIST that they give a vow of loyalty to YOU :eek:

Eek. Do people cosplay at these events?

I guess I'll find out when I stop by the store later this evening...

freeny
May 19, 2006, 01:00 PM
According to cnn.com Steve will be there if he already isnt-

http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/biztech/05/19/nyc.apple.retail.ap/index.html

MattQiu
May 19, 2006, 01:09 PM
guys, check out the new apple.com main page. is this the first time apple change it's main page for a retail store?!:rolleyes:

lavem
May 19, 2006, 01:56 PM
The Steve has been spotted !

http://flickr.com/photos/shap/sets/72057594139354205/

berkleeboy210
May 19, 2006, 02:03 PM
Steve was on CNBC @ 2:30 this afternoon - from inside of the store. declined to answer any questions regarding the iPhone or future products :confused:

freeny
May 19, 2006, 02:08 PM
"Hello... Is anybody in there? Could I speak to the manager? Is this where I go for orientation? Im supposed to start work here today..."

iGary
May 19, 2006, 02:10 PM
Any personal Steve sightings? Apparently he IS there:

http://blog.wired.com/cultofmac/main.jpg

Cult of Mac Blog (http://blog.wired.com/cultofmac/)


Gotta use the Gulfstream for something. :D

lavem
May 19, 2006, 02:10 PM
lol ^

Grab that stainless steel thing and push / pull ! It works better.

raster
May 19, 2006, 02:11 PM
I'm in Brooklyn now, but heading over to the City in about 30 mins.
Gonna try to get oneof those Macbooks!!!!!

Mitch1984
May 19, 2006, 02:15 PM
Great pics guys.

freeny
May 19, 2006, 02:29 PM
Its pouring rain here again. I may have to skip this:o

raster
May 19, 2006, 02:31 PM
Its pouring rain here again. I may have to skip this:o
Don't be such a wussy

ITASOR
May 19, 2006, 02:54 PM
Where is the actual store? I must have missed something...all I see is a cube.

mcarnes
May 19, 2006, 02:58 PM
Looks to me like the Steve is inspecting some of the bolts he made the builders replace. He is likely near sighted which is why he has his glasses off in that shot (so he can see things up close better).

MacsRgr8
May 19, 2006, 02:59 PM
Been living under a rock....?

Well, the Store is.... actually living under a cube, that is :D

iGary
May 19, 2006, 02:59 PM
Where is the actual store? I must have missed something...all I see is a cube.

Underground.

iKwick7
May 19, 2006, 03:00 PM
Where is the actual store? I must have missed something...all I see is a cube.

Silly, silly Itasor.

janstett
May 19, 2006, 03:36 PM
Come on let's be serious, the building is only 32 feet tall. Hardly tall enough for a bird to even consider landing on in NYC. And have you ever been to NYC? Ever noticed that almost all the buildings are covered in glass and/or reflective materials. No bird is going to die from flying into a 32 foot cube down on street level.

First, I live in the NYC area and I"m in the city often enough (most recently at the Javitz Center for the auto show a month ago).

Second, your assertions couldn't be more wrong. I'm sure some quick research with the Audobon society would clear this up.

I live with there birds (Cockatiels) who are free to fly when I am home. Birds do not understand the concept of glass nor of reflections (how can they tell a tree from a reflection of a tree on a glass building?). I have every glass pane in my house covered with sheer drapes so they understand something is there. I have one that would always make a break for a particular part of my picture window when she got spooked. I put bubble wrap (until she learned) and darker curtains there to stop her from breaking her neck slamming into the glass at full speed.

Birds don't always fly hundreds of feet in the air. As I mentioned in my previous post, I remember in particular reading about the WTC pre-911 and how they had recently installed nets around the lower 20 floors or so because migrating birds coming in from the bay would slam into the glass and lay injured or dead at the base. I also know for a fact that there are Audobon society volunteers who patrol the city's skyscrapers in the morning finding injured and dead birds (called "Project Safe Flight") and trying to pressure skyscraper owners to help out the birds.

Another bird fact you must not be familiar with is that they love to scrounge on the ground for food, they don't always stay in the air or in trees. Of course they're most vulnerable on the ground and if spooked they will take off like lightning. Now, put a giant glass cube in their way and bad things will happen.

Finally, many migrating birds fly at night, which makes clear glass an even bigger danger.

The New York City chapter of the Audubon society has a site here:
http://www.nycaudubon.org/home/

They keep a detailed database of birds found (you have to create an account), and the results are sobering. So far just this month, 11 birds have been killed slamming into the glass of the Javitz center (which is bigger than the Apple cube but far from a skyscraper).

Also on the subject of Apple's 24/7 store, I understand the glass will be lit and the giant logo as well.

Project Safe Flight’s Lights Out New York promotes education and outreach by encouraging owners of tall buildings to turn off lights during migration season to help save night-migrating birds while reducing energy costs. Lights can distract birds from their migration path and cause them to collide with buildings during bad weather. Turning off the lights and drawing the blinds can help save thousands of birds from over 100 different species every year.

Steve should pony up and replace the glass of the cube with this:

Project Safe Flight convened the first Bird-Safe Glass Working Group, a multi-city task force charged with the goal of creating the first ever glass that can be seen by birds. Using such glass on building exteriors could dramatically reduce the number of collisions, which is estimate at 100 million a year in North America alone. The first meeting of the working group, hosted at the NYC Audubon offices in Manhattan, included notable researchers such as Daniel Klem and partnersfrom similar bird-collision prevention programs in Toronto and Chicago.

I think I'm going to shoot an email over to the Audubon society and let them know about Apple's cube.

janstett
May 19, 2006, 03:40 PM
Yeah, it's not like NYC has no glass structures besides this one. :rolleyes:

Educate yourself.

http://www.nycaudubon.org/home/

freeny
May 19, 2006, 03:58 PM
^^ Perhaps you could try to educate the birds about glass buildings?^^

Don't be such a wussy

Are you callin' me yellow? Well then Ill definately be goin'!:p

It is sunny again so perhaps I will go....

iGary
May 19, 2006, 03:59 PM
Are you going to revoke my cult membership now and take away my MacBook?

Oh of course not, any Mac Lover™ is a good Mac Lover™. :D

UberMac
May 19, 2006, 04:01 PM
Haven't read the whole thread :o sorry. Are there any MR members there with portables/cameras? I'd guess there's just the odd Airport network around in the area.

Uber

besiktas jk
May 19, 2006, 04:13 PM
I'm planning to buy my new Macbook (first Mac btw) on Monday at this new store. Do you think they have enough Macbooks in stock so that I can get one without waiting?

freeny
May 19, 2006, 04:16 PM
I'm planning to buy my new Macbook (first Mac btw) on Monday at this new store. Do you think they have enough Macbooks in stock so that I can get one without waiting?
I have a feeling you will be waiting for just about everything durring the opening.

Im pretty sure they set aside a good amount of product for this event so there is a good chance youll be okay.

But dont count on it.;)

CmdrLaForge
May 19, 2006, 04:17 PM
I would really love to be there and buy something like a MacBook or anything. On day I will visit NY and the Apple Store will definitly be on the list.

Guess all the visitors will really enjoy this fantastic store.

Cheers
LaForge

Multimedia
May 19, 2006, 04:35 PM
The Steve has been spotted ! (http://flickr.com/photos/shap/sets/72057594139354205/)Great Find Lavem and Welcome!

dausone
May 19, 2006, 04:43 PM
"Why would Tri-Pyramid Structures Inc. make a delivery to an Apple store at 1:00a.m.? The company provides the specialized and sophisticated hardware for the glass stairs and The Cube here at Fifth Avenue. There was no obv ious construction work after the delivery to verify what parts were involved."

Either to secretly hide Bono in the back room or to drop of a hot shipment of new video pods?? :eek:

BWhaler
May 19, 2006, 04:43 PM
that .5 upgrade is just a UB nothing too special


unless they drop the price ;)

For the love of God:

1. Stay on topic
2. Read the spec sheet. It is way more than a UB upgrade.

yac_moda
May 19, 2006, 04:46 PM
"Why would Tri-Pyramid Structures Inc. make a delivery to an Apple store at 1:00a.m.? The company provides the specialized and sophisticated hardware for the glass stairs and The Cube here at Fifth Avenue. There was no obv ious construction work after the delivery to verify what parts were involved."

Either to secretly hide Bono in the back room or to drop of a hot shipment of new video pods?? :eek:

WHY was that guy running a cement polisher out in front of the CUBE WITH A SUIT ON !!!

I don't know, STRANGE GOINGS ON, surround this CUBE :confused: :eek: :confused:

aswitcher
May 19, 2006, 04:48 PM
Hang on a sec :eek: - this cube, isn't it a Reality Distortion Field booster! :D

yac_moda
May 19, 2006, 04:50 PM
He's an Orthodox Jew? Maybe he should wear This one. (http://www.lidsforyids.com/apple_kippah.htm)

OPPS, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, can't stop ...

... I meant baldy caps :eek:

ChipperVW
May 19, 2006, 04:52 PM
He looks thin.

yac_moda
May 19, 2006, 04:52 PM
Hang on a sec :eek: - this cube, isn't it a Reality Distortion Field booster! :D

Time/Perception distortion plain CUBED :eek:

:eek: Doors open in 00 days 00 hours 08 minutes and 55 seconds :eek:

iGary
May 19, 2006, 04:54 PM
He looks thin.

He does not look good - I didn't want to say anything. :o

ChipperVW
May 19, 2006, 04:55 PM
He does not look good - I didn't want to say anything. :o

Apple's stock drops after Jobs is seen at the 5th Ave. Apple Store opening.

:confused:

Mr. Anderson
May 19, 2006, 04:59 PM
1 minute.

so how big is the line?

more than 2500? :D

D

yac_moda
May 19, 2006, 04:59 PM
Uooo Uoooo


35 seconds :eek: :eek: :eek:

Mr. Anderson
May 19, 2006, 05:01 PM
I just went and checked apple.com and the timer reset to 13 days :D

D

macgeek2005
May 19, 2006, 05:01 PM
The countdown finished, and it didn't say 'YAYYY, STORE IS OPEN!"

In fact, nothing changed.

ChipperVW
May 19, 2006, 05:02 PM
countdown went back to 13 days 3 hours. . .

:confused: :confused:

dausone
May 19, 2006, 05:02 PM
The countdown finished, and it didn't say 'YAYYY, STORE IS OPEN!"

In fact, nothing changed.


BOO!:confused:

macgeek2005
May 19, 2006, 05:02 PM
I just went and checked apple.com and the timer reset to 13 days :D

D

Yeah it did. What kind of BS is this?

Multimedia
May 19, 2006, 05:02 PM
First Apple store to NEVER close. I love it. :p

Only 13 days 03 hours 01 minutes and 22 seconds left until the next last opening ever. :eek:

macgeek2005
May 19, 2006, 05:03 PM
what's the deal? It says 13 days!!!

yac_moda
May 19, 2006, 05:05 PM
I just went and checked apple.com and the timer reset to 13 days :D

D


:eek: :eek: :eek: SPOOOOKY random event handling IT STOPPED COUNTING AT 13 SECONDS :eek: :eek: :eek:


The CUBE enforces a SHOCKWAVE of SPOOOKY ACTION across the MACecosystem :confused:

milo
May 19, 2006, 05:06 PM
That's really strange. Somebody better fix that thing on the website if they want a job on Monday.

The giveaway is interesting. A mac every hour...but every hour they throw out all the entry forms and start over. Wonder how many people will spend the entire 24 hours in the store, whoever's there in the middle of the night probably has a much better shot than people who enter during the day.

monke
May 19, 2006, 05:07 PM
Maybe the store opening marks the day when Apple will start selling Apple logo light fixtures. Just think about it, every room you walk into there's this giant white glowing Apple. :D

dausone
May 19, 2006, 05:08 PM
what's the deal? It says 13 days!!!

JUST IN:
opening has been delayed due to "technical difficulties"

yeah, we've heard that one before somewhere??

yac_moda
May 19, 2006, 05:11 PM
I told Apple to add a laser light show to their boxes or as a peripheral a LONG time ago ...


... I don't know why they haven't done it yet :p

yac_moda
May 19, 2006, 05:15 PM
¡¡¡ WoO¿OoW ¡¡¡


A chimpanzee escaped inside the iCUBU ...


... AND HE IS JUMPING ALL OVER THE PLACE :eek: :eek: :eek:

iTim314
May 19, 2006, 05:15 PM
It was just changed. "Now open 24/365"

yac_moda
May 19, 2006, 05:19 PM
WILD PREDICTION:

Apple's NeXT LSD i3 or iCubed :eek: :D

yac_moda
May 19, 2006, 05:24 PM
http://www.audioblogger.com/media/118559/359743.mp3

"The elevator just got used FOR THE FIRST TIME :eek: "

"This is absolutely amazing !!!"

mjstew33
May 19, 2006, 05:27 PM
¡¡¡ WoO¿OoW ¡¡¡


A chimpanzee escaped inside the iCUBU ...


... AND HE IS JUMPING ALL OVER THE PLACE :eek: :eek: :eek:
Dude, chill.

We don't need OMG WTFZ CHIMPANZEEEZ!!1!!!one!!!!11!¡¡¡

:rolleyes:

mac-er
May 19, 2006, 05:30 PM
Ridiculous.

Apple should be ashamed of itself. Commercialism has gotten out of hand. Why in the world does it need to be open 365 days a year? Have they never heard of holidays so employees can have time off and spend it with their families? Even Wal-Mart is closed Christmas Day.

macgyver2
May 19, 2006, 05:33 PM
Ridiculous.

Apple should be ashamed of itself. Commercialism has gotten out of hand. Why in the world does it need to be open 365 days a year? Have they never heard of holidays so employees can have time off and spend it with their families? Even Wal-Mart is closed Christmas Day.
Not everyone celebrates Christmas (or whatever holiday you want to name).

But yes, some might want to have off so it would be nice if for holidays they asked for volunteers to work.

yac_moda
May 19, 2006, 05:34 PM
Ridiculous.

Apple should be ashamed of itself. Commercialism has gotten out of hand. Why in the world does it need to be open 365 days a year? Have they never heard of holidays so employees can have time off and spend it with their families? Even Wal-Mart is closed Christmas Day.

3 words !!!

:eek: ROTATION :eek:

truz
May 19, 2006, 05:35 PM
So is the store open yet and have people went in???

dausone
May 19, 2006, 05:35 PM
3 words !!!

trip - le - time

yac_moda
May 19, 2006, 05:38 PM
trip - le - time

HEY :eek: WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THE STORE IS NOT MANNED BY ROBOTS :eek:

Multimedia
May 19, 2006, 05:40 PM
Ridiculous.

Apple should be ashamed of itself. Commercialism has gotten out of hand. Why in the world does it need to be open 365 days a year? Have they never heard of holidays so employees can have time off and spend it with their families? Even Wal-Mart is closed Christmas Day.
I'll work Christmas, Easster, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, any other day they want me to.

dausone
May 19, 2006, 05:41 PM
HEY :eek: WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THE STORE IS NOT MANNED BY ROBOTS :eek:

oops, my bad.

Cybergypsy
May 19, 2006, 05:45 PM
Maybe the store opening marks the day when Apple will start selling Apple logo light fixtures. Just think about it, every room you walk into there's this giant white glowing Apple. :D


Iwant! I Want!

MarksEvilTwin
May 19, 2006, 05:57 PM
Removed

mac-er
May 19, 2006, 06:01 PM
3 words !!!

:eek: ROTATION :eek:

Someone still has to work it.

What really erks me is when a store like CVS, Eckerd, or Walgreen's is open on Thanksgiving or whatever holiday like they are performing some service and the pharmacy isn't even open.

mac-er
May 19, 2006, 06:05 PM
Not everyone celebrates Christmas (or whatever holiday you want to name).


Most Holidays (especially Christmas) have transcended their original purposes to be more of National Day Off. 98% of people "celebrate" Christmas in some manner or form. My family certainly doesn't celebrate the religious side of it, but its an important day when everyone can get together without having to worry about work.

I just believe its asinine that companies make it out to be like they are performing some service when they are out to make a buck at the expense of employees who already work a crappy job. I want to see Steve Jobs in there working on Christmas Day or Thanksgiving or New Year's Day or whatever holiday.

chasemac
May 19, 2006, 06:09 PM
Man, that store is gonna need alot of Windex to keep it clean.:)

beatzfreak
May 19, 2006, 06:20 PM
Most Holidays (especially Christmas) have transcended their original purposes to be more of National Day Off. 98% of people "celebrate" Christmas in some manner or form.


Not here in NYC.
Lots of businesses are open on Dec. 25th. I think I'll visit the Apple store on that day. Might be kind of fun.

I always work Thanksgiving putting up Christmas decor. The money is sweet!!!

MIDI_EVIL
May 19, 2006, 06:20 PM
You think there is a chance they will release something? I mean it opened at 6pm, how late would they go to?

Beautiful store by the way, would love to be part of it.

Rich.

Multimedia
May 19, 2006, 06:23 PM
Most Holidays (especially Christmas) have transcended their original purposes to be more of National Day Off. 98% of people "celebrate" Christmas in some manner or form. My family certainly doesn't celebrate the religious side of it, but its an important day when everyone can get together without having to worry about work.

I just believe its asinine that companies make it out to be like they are performing some service when they are out to make a buck at the expense of employees who already work a crappy job. I want to see Steve Jobs in there working on Christmas Day or Thanksgiving or New Year's Day or whatever holiday.Working At An Apple Store Is Not A Crappy Job - It's An Honor And A Priviledge. I am sure I am not the only one here who would be happy to work all holidays every year cheerfully. You are not empathic with millions who would love to have a job working anywhere on holidays - especially at an Apple Store. :rolleyes:

I wish an Apple Store Manager lurking here would IM me for an interview in the Bay Area of Northern California. :)

macgeek2005
May 19, 2006, 06:23 PM
Hey all,

Thought I'd say hello from inside the store! I got to see Steve (right in front of me actually, I didn't even notice at first!), and got some pictures of him. James Woods and Kevin Bacon are both here as well. It's pretty damn crazy in here, and a lot of fun. The glass staircase and cube is amazing! This whole thing was worth the wait. I was outside since 2 in the afternoon, and braved some absolutely horrible pelting rain for a while, but I was #68 in here!

Cheers!

Mark

I'm jealous. Can you send me the pics you took?

Thanks

yac_moda
May 19, 2006, 06:24 PM
You think there is a chance they will release something? I mean it opened at 6pm, how late would they go to?

Beautiful store by the way, would love to be part of it.

Rich.


Has anyone set up a TENT INSIDE THE STORE :confused: :eek: